Although budgeting in education departments is never an easy task, this can be especially difficult for schools located in low-income areas. For technology directors and coordinators who are working with a tight budget, purchasing education technology products is often an incredibly stressful task. What are some tips and tricks for technology directors working with tight budgets? We spoke with some technology directors around the country to hear their thoughts. Continue reading
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Educators work tirelessly to ensure that all children learn, grow, and succeed. They devote themselves to their students, and will go to great lengths to help a child in need. Many students struggle academically, or have trouble connecting to their peers. For thousands of other students, however, they struggle with another issue – poverty. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), roughly 16 million children and teenagers in the United States—1 in every 5—live below the federal poverty line. Nineteen percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 live below the poverty line. Teenagers from lower socioeconomic backgrounds demonstrate lower academic achievement, are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, and are more likely to drop out of school. What measures can be taken to ensure academic success for students living in poverty? Continue reading
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Last week, I attended TCEA’s Tots and Technology Conference alongside JourneyEd, a BoardShare reseller. Tots and Technology is an annual conference geared towards PreK-5th grade classroom teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. During this conference, educators have the chance to interact with vendors, attend sessions that address a variety of topics in education, and connect with other educators. I gave a presentation entitled “Creating Classroom Smart Walls” along with Tom Dent, an educational account manager at JourneyEd. We also raffled off a BoardShare unit to a third grade teacher from South Carolina. Overall, the conference was an incredibly energetic and fun experience.
The BoardShare team loves attending technology conferences because we are able to meet so many passionate and innovative educators. These conferences also provide us with the opportunity to learn even more about what teachers are looking for in an edtech product. I learned a great deal at Tots and Technology, and Tom and I selected our biggest takeaways from the conference. Continue reading
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Recently, I attended the CASA/GAL Conference in Washington DC with another member of the BoardShare team. For those of you who may not be familiar with this organization, CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. When a child is removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, a judge can appoint a CASA volunteer to advocate for the child and represent his or her best interests. According to the CASA website, since being founded in Seattle in 1977, “more than 76,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.” Volunteers must go through a training process through their local CASA/GAL program. Continue reading